We have been known to dish out a fair amount of trash-talk in the past. Some directed at the Android platform, Droid commercials, some at Sony’s new PSP campaign and most recently, a post critical of the Galaxy Tab.
Apple isn’t free from our criticism either. We feel criticism is needed where it’s due. It’s true that we tend to enjoy our Apple products, but that’s just a personal choice. They aren’t without their flaws or major annoyances. Today, we are going to tell ya about our beefs with Apple.
1) Play By Our Rules - Given, we bought an Apple product and knew how the company works, it can be a real drag to have to wait on simple features that should be in from the beginning. Multi-tasking? Wasn’t available until this year. Custom wallpapers? Wasn’t available until this year. That’s why we jailbreak, folks.
2) These constant upgrades leave users behind - Okay, this is the tech world, and technology is always evolving. You have to stay ahead of the curve. The problem is that some invested users get left out. We heard comments from many Apple fans who had purchased the first generation of Apple TV, some this year. Many average consumers may not know that an Apple TV upgrade is coming, until they see highlights from the event on the evening news. Those who purchased the original Apple TV this year are now left out of the 99-cent TV show rentals and don’t get Netflix streaming. If anything, owners of the old Apple TV deserve 99-cent rentals. The only option on it is to purchase shows and fill up your hard drive with stuff you’ll probably only watch once. Unless Apple decides to surprise us, but their suggestion would probably be, “Just pony up the $100.” Sorry, but I would rather spend that $100 on TV shows. With the iOS devices, we already know that updates are always on the way. Even then, most iOS devices seem to be good for about 3 or 4 years before they begin to be phased out.
3) Apple Wants to Control the Output of Information – Okay, this has gotten somewhat better over the last few years, until you count in the iPhone 4 fiasco. A few years back when Jason O’Grady had found an interesting bit of information about a FireWire box for GarageBand. It’s a long ugly story, but Apple filed suit against O’Grady. They tried to get information from his ISP, and Apple’s lawyers threatened them with legal action, and did everything they could to find his sources.
Eventually, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) came along and helped O’Grady. Then there is the more recent iPhone 4 mess. There are conflicting stories, but we know that the phone was reported stolen, and Jason Chen reported property damage.
This one was just too funny to pass up
4) Steve Jobs Can Be a Real Douche Sometimes – Well, this can apply to any CEO (or anyone in general), but there is no doubt that CEOs have to hurt a few people’s feelings from time-to-time to get to be top dog. Steve Jobs is reported to be a tough dude when it comes to working for him. Though he seems to have chilled out over the years. In fact, he seems to be rather pleasant these days. Which we like. Old Steve was kind of scary. However, the dude can still dish out the douchebaggery when he wants to. Sometimes, it’s a bit funny, but he’s been known to be a bit short in his emails. Our favorite example is when an iPhone user emailed him about problems they were having with their iPhone 4’s reception. Steve’s response? Don’t hold it that way.
Other websites tried to contact him about the issue and got the same sort of response “All phones have sensitive areas, just avoid holding it in this way.”
Given, the dude was probably already having major headaches because of the highly-publicized reception issues. He may have just been tired of hearing about it. Still, he probably could have just let Apple’s PR agency handle that stuff.
Sorry, third-parties, but thanks for testing out the idea!
5) Apple’s Tendency to create features that just kill off Apps – Well, we can argue that this is just the nature of the business. It’s true‚Ä¶it is just the nature of the business. However, it sucks for App developers who work to release a PDF reader for 99-cents, then have Apple introduce a more convenient PDF reading function directly in their device.
This is wonderful from a consumer standpoint, but it sucks for App developers. Who may actually have more limited time and resources. Still, some manage to do it better than the folks at Cupertino. Such as the developers of Pro HDR. The App has more functionality than the one included in 4.1, and it’s available to non-iPhone 4 owners as well. Apple wouldn’t even do that. In the past we’ve pointed out Apps that become obsolete with an iOS update: Here. The best case scenario is that the App developers make enough to justify their creation of the App and can go on to create more interesting Apps.
6) Proprietary, proprietary, proprietary! - You buy yourself a Mac Mini, and realize that the little port behind it is a display port. Luckily, it comes with the converter that will let you connect your monitor to the mini display port that comes with Apple devices. Want a second monitor on any of your Macs? You need a second one of those mini displayport converter doohickeys. How about if you have a PC but like Apple’s monitors? Sorry, it has a proprietary connection. This is reasonable on a laptop, and we will let it slide on a Mac Mini because we can understand that those computers are about smaller size. But the Mac Pro? Come on, Apple, that sucker’s not getting any more portable.
In the end…
No company is perfect, and many have done things in the past that make us question their motives. Still, we are technology fans. We want things to move forward, not backward. Locking things down and keeping things proprietary sometimes feels like a step back for us. Finally, we will tell you who our true favorites are. It’s those who work to create jailbreaks that let us use our devices the way we like to use them, and release it to the public free of charge. Without Apple’s restrictions and limiting policies.